American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who drives an electrically powered streetcar, locomotive, or subway train.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One whose business it is to drive a motor-car or automobile vehicle.
- n. A man who operates a motor; specifically, one who operates a railway motor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. archaic A man who controls a motor.
- n. an operator of a motor vehicle, especially of a streetcar or subway train.
- n. the operator of streetcar
- motor + -man (Wiktionary)
“The next one slowed down for him; but all at once it started up again more swift than the wind, he says; and he could see that the motorman was a coward about something, because he looked greatly frightened when he flew by the spot.”
“A motorman, for example, must drive his train from one end of the line to another, no matter what his disposition may be on any morning.”
“The motorman, smashing helmets with his controller bar, was beaten into insensibility and dragged from his platform.”
“On the other side a brewery wagon was locking with the coal wagon, and an east-bound Kearny-Street car, wildly clanging its gong, the motorman shouting defiance at the crossing policeman, was dashing forward to complete the blockade.”
“They did not connect the couple with Jimmy, who sprang on the steps, crying to the motorman: — "Slam on the juice, old man, and beat it outa here!”
“A nervous streetcar motorman clangs his bell for the high notes while a shivering coal truck driver pushes a lever delivering a claghorn bass arruughaa!”
“On the other side a brewery waggon was locking with the coal waggon, and an east-bound Kearny Street car, wildly clanging its gong, the motorman shouting defiance at the crossing policeman, was dashing forward to complete the blockade.”
“The second was taken at the University end of the OPT track, and the vague figure behind the glass is motorman Allan, a rather baffling fellow.”
“Finding us already well north, let us leave the driver and the truck stop siren, and contemplate a scene not much after the three most time-pressed among us affirmed together that the way the motorman plied his lady interest would see us not timely enough on our way.”
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